101 Inspirational Quotes By Swami Vivekananda, The Promulgator Of Hinduism, That Will Change The Course Of Your Life

Narendranath was a school going kid who belonged to na affluent family. Despite his aristocratic background, Narendranath was down to earth and he showed tremendous aptitude in studies and extra-curricular activities at school. Another of his qualities was to narrate stories in an enrapturing manner. When Narendranath began speaking, other students listened to him intently. It was during the school recess that he was narrating a story to his friends and the group was lost in their own world when the teacher walked inside the class and began teaching. Becoming aware of the commotion the teacher reprimanded the students and asked them to explain what was being taught. Everyone except Narendranath failed to answer. The teacher punished them all but Narendranath. But the honest student confessed that it was him who was speaking all this while and joined his friends in the punishment. His friends looked at him perplexed. Narendranath was none other than the renowned Indian monk Swami Vivekananda. He displayed strong moral fiber and intellect since childhood and was a proponent of Indian philosophies.

Once Swami Vivekananda accepted the hospitality of the ruler of Alwar, an Indian territory. The king was against idol worship and took a jibe at Vivekananda saying that the idols are mere stones. At this Swamiji asked the king's subordinates to bring a picture of him. When the portrait was brought, he asked them to spit on it since it was only paper and not the king's physical manifestation. The subordinates panicked at this but the ruler realized the intention of Swamiji behind this order.

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

- Swami Vivekananda

In a day, when you don't come across any problems - you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path

- Swami Vivekananda

In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.

- Swami Vivekananda

The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.

- Swami Vivekananda

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.

- Swami Vivekananda

Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.

- Swami Vivekananda

The greatest sin is to think yourself weak

- Pearls of Wisdom, Swami Vivekananda

Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.

- Swami Vivekananda

Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.

- Swami Vivekananda

Arise,awake,stop not until your goal is achieved.

- Swami Vivekananda

They alone live, who live for others.

- Swami Vivekananda

We are what our thoughts have made us so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live they travel far.

- Swami Vivekananda

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

- Swami Vivekananda

The fire that warms us can also consume us it is not the fault of the fire.

- Swami Vivekananda

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.

- Swami Vivekananda

Strength is Life, Weakness is Death. Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death. Love is Life, Hatred is Death.

- Swami Vivekananda

Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.

- Swami Vivekananda

Ask nothing want nothing in return. Give what you have to give it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.

- Swami Vivekananda

Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, 'Thy will be done.' We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.

- Swami Vivekananda

Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it do not become others.

- Swami Vivekananda

Each work has to pass through these stages&mdashridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.

- Swami Vivekananda

Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.

- Swami Vivekananda

Whatever you think that you will be. if you think yourself weak,weak you will be if you think yourself strong,you will be

- Swami Vivekananda

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

- Swami Vivekananda

Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.

- Swami Vivekananda

Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.

- Swami Vivekananda

The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.

- Swami Vivekananda

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

- Swami Vivekananda

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

- Swami Vivekananda

Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.

- Swami Vivekananda

Beleive in yourself and the world will be at your feet

- Swami Vivekananda

Shri Ramakrishna use to say, "As Long as I Live, so long do I learn". That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death.

- Swami Vivekananda

Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, U Can Guide!

- Raja-Yoga, Swami Vivekananda

There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point

- Swami Vivekananda

Desire, ignorance, and inequality&mdashthis is the trinity of bondage.

- Swami Vivekananda

Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.

- Swami Vivekananda

A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to.

- Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Vivekananda

All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.

- Swami Vivekananda

The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.

- Swami Vivekananda

The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties.

- Swami Vivekananda

He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.

- Swami Vivekananda

You must worship the Self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna.

- Swami Vivekananda

The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain &mdash and the whole world is at your feet.

- Swami Vivekananda

Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.

- Swami Vivekananda

Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.

- Swami Vivekananda

Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.

- Swami Vivekananda

Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.

- Swami Vivekananda

Don't look back&mdashforward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience&mdashthen alone can great deeds be accomplished.

- Swami Vivekananda

The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine.

- Swami Vivekananda

Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego.

- Swami Vivekananda

Things do not grow better they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.

- Swami Vivekananda

The very reason for nature's existence is for the education of the soul.

- Karma Yoga: the Yoga of Action, Swami Vivekananda

The earth is enjoyed by heroes&mdashthis is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, I have no fear.

- Swami Vivekananda

This is a great fact: strength is life weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death.

- Swami Vivekananda

Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God.

- Swami Vivekananda

So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them!

- Swami Vivekananda

ARISE, AWAKE AND STOP NOT TILL THE GOAL IS REACHED

- Swami Vivekananda

Liberty is the first condition of growth. It is wrong, a thousand times wrong, if any of you dares to say, 'I will work out the salvation of this woman or child.

- The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda: v. 3, Swami Vivekananda

The Tapas and the other hard Yogas that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others.

- Swami Vivekananda

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

- Swami Vivekananda

The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.

- Swami Vivekananda

This World will always continue to be a mixture of Good and Evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer.

- Swami Vivekananda

Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, or churches or books, are only the supports, the help of his spiritual childhood.

- Complete Works, Swami Vivekananda

All truth is eternal. Truth is nobodys property no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.

- Swami Vivekananda

Desire can be eradicated from the roots by firmly imbibing the four attributes of: Jnan, Atmanishtha, Vairagya, Dharma and the full fledged devotion to God.

- Swami Vivekananda

By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger

- Swami Vivekananda

Why should a Man be Moral? Because this strengthens his will.

- Swami Vivekananda

God did not give me everything that i wanted. But, He gave me everything that i needed!

- Swami Vivekananda

This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite.

- Swami Vivekananda

The knowing ones must have pity on the ignorant. One who knows is willing to give up his body even for an ant, because he knows that the body is nothing.

- Swami Vivekananda

Do good because it is good to do good. Ask no more.

- Lectures on Bhagavad Gita, Swami Vivekananda

Be Grateful to the Man you help, think of Him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?

- Swami Vivekananda

He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.

- Swami Vivekananda

The Heart and core of everything here is good, that whatever may be the surface waves, deep down and underlying everything, there is an infinite basis of Goodness and Love.

- Swami Vivekananda

A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil.

- The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda: v. 3, Swami Vivekananda

God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted He Gave Me Everything I Needed.

- Swami Vivekananda, Swami Vivekananda

The help which tends to make us spiritually strong is the highest help, next to it comes intellectual help and after that comes physical help.

- Karma Yoga: the Yoga of Action, Swami Vivekananda

A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.

- Swami Vivekananda

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

- Swami Vivekananda

If the Student thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Student. If the Lawyer thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Lawyer, and so on.

- Swami Vivekananda

Never forget the glory of human nature! We are the greatest god.. Christs and Buddhas are but waves in the boundless ocean which I AM.

- Swami Vivekananda

Now is wanted intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused.

- Swami Vivekananda

But where the ignorant are asleep, there the sage keeps awake

- Lectures on Bhagavad Gita, Swami Vivekananda

The Older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel

- Swami Vivekananda

If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished.

- Swami Vivekananda

Serve man Serve god

- Swami Vivekananda

The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free.

- Swami Vivekananda

The more we grow in Love, Virtue and Holiness, the more we see Love, Virtue and Holiness outside.

- Swami Vivekananda

God is present in every Jiva there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed.

- Swami Vivekananda

Have Faith in Man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one.

- Swami Vivekananda

This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages.

- Swami Vivekananda

Where the whole world is awake, the sage sleeps.

- Lectures on Bhagavad Gita, Swami Vivekananda

Put the good before them, see how eagerly they take it, see how the divine that never dies, that is always living in the human...

- Swami Vivekananda

When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.

- Swami Vivekananda

Of one hundred persons who take up the spiritual life, eighty turn out to be charlatans, fifteen insane, and only five, maybe, get a glimpse of the real truth. Therefore beware.

- Swami Vivekananda

All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you.

- Swami Vivekananda

Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.

- Swami Vivekananda

The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present.

- The complete works of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Vivekananda

Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.

- Swami Vivekananda

As all the rivers of the world constantly pour their waters into the ocean, but the oceans grand, majestic nature remains undisturbed and unchanged,

- Lectures on Bhagavad Gita, Swami Vivekananda

Arise,awake and donot stop until the goal is reached.

- Swami Vivekananda

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